Toronto Raptors: Could Wilson Chandler Be Heading North of the Border?

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IFebruary 23, 2012

Wilson Chandler.
Wilson Chandler.Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

One player that is set to rejoin the NBA is small forward Wilson Chandler, who is a restricted free agent and currently a member of the Denver Nuggets.

With an NBA career scoring average of 13.9 points per game, Chandler would be a great addition to a team in search of adding some scoring help. Chandler was acquired by the Nuggets as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade last season and fit in quite well.

However, due to the lockout that started on July 1, Chandler opted to play for the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. With their season now over, Chandler is looking to jump back into the NBA.

Chandler is still awaiting FIBA clearance, and although the Nuggets remain a possibility, there could be other teams vying for his services.

The Toronto Raptors are one such team. If an offer sheet is signed, the Nuggets will have the opportunity to match, but the offer sheet must be signed and made official before March 1.

According to a report by Sam Amick of, after March 1, the Nuggets can be the only team Chandler can sign with this season. The Nuggets will also have the option of re-signing Chandler for the remainder of the season thus becoming a restricted free agent once again in the summer of 2012 or signing a multi-year deal with Denver immediately.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Chandler as there are other teams reportedly interested in acquiring his services. Will he stay in Denver or will he look elsewhere?